Rhetoric, Aesthetics and Reliability

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI:
Rhetoric, Aesthetics and Reliability

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This chapter examines the roles in the sciences of different forms of appeal to literary and aesthetic sensibility. It reviews some studies to discuss the reliability and amenability to calibration of literary and aesthetic strategies. The first group of studies examines the literary strategies used to promote new conceptions of the nature and status of experiments in early 17th-century natural philosophy. The second group looks into the formation and transformation of the discipline of chemistry. Lastly, the chapter rebuts certain doctrines prevalent in philosophical aesthetics which imply that such strategies could not possibly be reliable.

Keywords: chemistry; aesthetic strategies; philosophical aesthetics; natural philosophy; literary strategies; philosophy experiments

Chapter.  11955 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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